Where to Stay in Austin: The 5 BEST Areas + Stays

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Hi there! If you’re looking for the best places to stay in Austin, you’ve come to the right place. As a local company, we are here to provide you with our insider’s guide to the best spots for an incredible vacation in Austin. From outdoor activities like kayaking and hiking to a booming drinking scene, from top music venues and art galore to vibrant nightlife, this is one city that has it all! Book your stay in Austin and prepare for a fantastic vacation.

North Austin

Image of the Domain sign at one of the entrances

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North Austin has been rapidly expanding over the past few years, becoming one of the most popular areas for visitors and locals alike. With a thriving restaurant scene, buzzing bars, vibrant nightlife spots, and some of Austin’s best festivals and events, North Austin is the perfect place to stay for a getaway. From artsy coffee shops to trendy cocktail bars, you’ll find everything you need to make your vacation unforgettable.

Things to do

  1. Shop at the Domain. For a full list of the stores available at the Domain, check it out here.
  2. Get your golf on at TopGolf
  3. Catch a soccer game at Q2 Stadium
  4. Get your race on with Indoor Go Kart Racing at K1 Speed
  5. Get your bowling on at Punch Bowl Social
  6. Take a hike through Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park

Places to eat and drink

  1. Ramen Tatsu-Ya :

    Ramen Tatsu-Ya is the go-to spot for all your ramen cravings when you’re in North Austin. This trendy restaurant has a contemporary atmosphere and serves up some of the best ramen dishes in the city. Featuring an extensive menu full of delicious, comforting options, Ramen Tatsu-Ya is definitely a must-try when you’re in the area.

  2. Austin Beerworks:

    Austin Beerworks is a local favorite for craft beer aficionados, offering an impressive selection of rotating brews that are made with the finest ingredients. With its cozy outdoor patio and relaxed atmosphere, Austin Beerworks is the perfect spot to spend an evening sampling delicious beers and catching up with friends. Plus, they host special events throughout the year, so there’s always something new and exciting to check out.

  3.  Blue Sushi Sake Grill:

    Blue Sushi Sake Grill is a premier sushi restaurant located in North Austin. Serving up a variety of Japanese-inspired dishes, from hand rolls to nigiri, Blue Sushi Sake Grill has something for everyone. Boasting a modern atmosphere and friendly staff, this spot is the perfect place to enjoy some delicious sushi in the area. Plus, they offer an impressive selection of sake and other drinks to complement your meal.

  4. North Italia:

    North Italia is a modern Italian restaurant located in the heart of North Austin, offering an unbeatable selection of authentic Italian cuisine. With its chic decor and inviting atmosphere, this eatery is perfect for a cozy dinner or special occasion with friends and family. Enjoy delicious pasta, pizzas, and other classic dishes served up by their passionate chefs in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. North Italia is the perfect spot for an unforgettable Italian dining experience.

  5. Xian Sushi & Noodles:

    Xian Sushi & Noodles is a popular spot for sushi and noodle lovers located in North Austin. This trendy spot serves up delicious hand-pulled noodles that are sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. With its chic atmosphere and friendly staff, Xian Sushi & Noodles offers a unique and memorable dining experience. Enjoy their mouth-watering menu of fresh sushi rolls, flavorful noodle dishes, and creative fusion cuisine all made with the highest quality ingredients. Whether you’re looking for something light or hearty, Xian Sushi & Noodles has it all.

  6. Wonderbar:

    The monthly themed Wonderbar at the Domain promises to be an unforgettable experience. Offering an eclectic mix of music and entertainment, this unique nightlife destination will have you dancing, laughing, and having a good time all night long. With its vibrant atmosphere and diverse crowd, Wonderbar is the perfect place to let loose and have a great time!

Click here for a complete list of eateries in the Domain

Where to stay

Vivant properties are the perfect place to stay in North Austin. Our luxury apartments and homes are conveniently located just a 10-minute drive from the Domain, providing easy access to all of North Austin’s fun experiences. Our properties are all stylishly decorated and supplied with everything you need for a comfortable and convenient stay. Why pay for a luxury hotel when you can stay in one of our Vivant properties and feel at home?

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North Loop

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The North Loop area of Austin is a vibrant, exciting place to explore. With an abundance of trendy restaurants, unique shops, and plenty of chances to unwind with some live music, you’re sure to find something for everyone in this part of the city. A cool mix of old and new businesses and residential neighborhoods makes North Loop a great destination for those looking for a trendy yet laid-back vibe.

Things to do

  1. Get your vintage on shopping at the many vintage locations in the area
  2. Record shopping at Breakaway Records
  3. Grab a book at Monkeywrench Books or BookWoman [or why not both?]

Places to eat and drink

  1. Mandola’s Italian Kitchen:

    With multiple locations around Austin, Mandola’s has conquered the city with an authentic Italian flavor and warm hospitality. Within a 5-minute drive, you will find yourself in a small Italian shop with wine selections, gelatos, pastries, pizza, and pasta. Their portions will surely provide you with a filling lunch or dinner, and possibly food comma

  2. Uchiko:

    For our sushi lovers, Uchiko will provide an upscale experience. Thanks to Chef Tyson Cole, you will have a wide variety of Japanese cuisine selections. From their originality, atmosphere, complimentary valet, and staff, you will have a dine-in experience like no other. Perfect place to dine alone, go on a date or have a friend’s night out. Remember to make your reservation!

  3. Citizen Eatery:

    Citizens Eatery will fulfill your cravings for our health-conscious vegetarians or vegans. Their menu includes all-day breakfast options, appetizers, entrees, coffee, and a full bar. For a 5-minute drive, you will have healthy food, a great atmosphere, and friendly staff. You really can have it all.

  4. Pinthouse Pizza:

    If pizza and beer sound appetizing, Pinthouse Pizza will have it all for you. With a wide selection of brewed beer, you will find the perfect pairing for any of their hand-crafted, high-quality pizzas. You might not look at another pizza the same after trying one here.

  5. Little Longhorn Saloon:

    A classic honky-tonk dive bar with a twist! It is the place to catch a cold beer, a good country dance, and an extra fun bingo!

  6. Draught House Pub & Brewery:

    Draught House Pub & Brewery is a classic Austin hangout spot featuring an extensive selection of craft beer and delicious pub food. Featured on various “best of” lists, Draught House Pub & Brewery is a must-visit spot in North Austin.

Where to stay

Vivant properties are nestled in the heart of North Loop’s vibrant and best neighborhoods. Right around the corner from some of the trendiest restaurants and eclectic shops, our apartments and homes provide an unbeatable combination of location, style, and comfort. Not only do our Vivant properties offer the perfect home-away-from-home experience, whether you’re looking for a quick weekend getaway or an extended stay, but you can also explore even more of the city with easy access to public transportation. We guarantee you’ll love what Austin has to offer.

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Austin Downtown

Image of one of Austin's tallest mural artwork downtown.

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Austin downtown is the bustling heart of the city. It’s home to some of the best restaurants, bars, and tourist attractions in the area – from iconic historic landmarks, such as The Texas State Capitol building, to popular outdoor spaces like Zilker Park. With so much to do in this vibrant neighborhood, Downtown Austin is a great choice for anyone wanting to explore the city. Whether you want to shop, sightsee, take part in outdoor activities, or enjoy the lively atmosphere of this vibrant area – Downtown Austin has something for everyone! Something exciting always happens in Downtown Austin, from world-class restaurants and bars to unique boutiques and entertainment to live music venues everywhere. Take your pick from big-name stores, small independent shops, and lots of entertainment options. It’s also a great place to sample some of the city’s amazing food – from down-home barbecue to gourmet treats. There are plenty of fun things to do during any stay in Downtown Austin – explore the museums, take a stroll around Lady Bird Lake, or go out and experience some of the city’s nightlife. Whatever your itinerary may be, you’re sure to enjoy your time in Downtown Austin!

Things to do

There are more things to do downtown Austin than can be listed down below, but here are some of our top favorites:

  1. Take a Sunset bat cruise down the Congress avenue bridge
  2. Take a walk at Zilker park and Barton springs pool
  3. Catch a show at the Paramount Theatre
  4. Catch a game at the Moody Center
  5. Take pictures in front of the famous murals around the area. For locations, check it out here.
  6. Take a stroll through Umlauf Sculpture Garden
  7. Visit the Red River Cultural District
  8. Attend an event at the Austin Convention Center

Places to eat and drink

  1. Wu Chow:

    Wu Chow is an upscale Chinese restaurant located in downtown Austin. Wu Chow offers a wide selection of authentic regional Chinese dishes, which is perfect for those looking to experience classic Chinese cuisine in a modern setting. With its attentive service and sophisticated atmosphere, Wu Chow makes for the ideal destination for a night out with friends or a romantic dinner date.

  2. Taquero Mucho:

    Taquero Mucho is an Austin favorite for their delicious tacos and friendly staff. Their bright pink restaurant located downtown emphasizes the vibrant colors of Mexican culture. Unlike most places that use white tortillas, Taquero Mucho’s are all pink! Perfect for any Instagram post or just a great way to enjoy flavorful tacos with friends.

  3. Caroline:

    Caroline is an upscale bar and restaurant located in downtown Austin. With stylish decor, a menu of craft cocktails, and delicious small plates, Caroline offers the perfect atmosphere for after-work drinks or a night out with friends.

  4. P6 at The LINE:

    The LINE is a popular restaurant located in downtown Austin. It features an impressive selection of small plates, craft cocktails, and wine. The atmosphere of the LINE is upscale yet relaxed – perfect for enjoying a night out with family or friends.

  5. Dirty Sixth Street:

    Dirty Sixth Street is a vibrant and eclectic street in downtown Austin, Texas. It’s home to some of the city’s most popular local bars, clubs, and restaurants. Dirty Sixth Street is known for its lively atmosphere and energetic nightlife – you can find live music, comedy shows, DJs, and everything in between!

  6. Moonshine Grill:

    Moonshine Grill is a popular local spot in downtown Austin. With its warm and inviting atmosphere, Moonshine Grill & Bar offers an extensive menu of the best southern comfort food dishes and cocktails.

  7. Rainey Street:

    Rainey Street is a lively bar scene located in downtown Austin. Here, you can find an array of unique bars and restaurants, ranging from casual dives to more upscale establishments.

  8. Floppy Disk Repair:

    Floppy Disk Repair is a hidden speakeasy in Downtown Austin. This hidden bar is located in a nondescript location and offers an eclectic atmosphere and delicious cocktails. Its decor combines vintage arcade machines and modern furniture, making Floppy Disk Repair the perfect spot to enjoy drinks with friends.

  9. Speakeasy:

    Speakeasy on Downtown Congress Avenue is the perfect spot for a fun and unique night in Austin. Located in the heart of downtown Congress, Speakeasy offers live music, private parties, events, craft cocktails, and a laid-back atmosphere complete with lounge seating and dim lighting.

Where to stay

Vivant properties are some of the best places to stay in Austin. They offer luxurious accommodations just 10 minutes away from downtown, making them a great option for those looking to explore South Congress and the rest of the city. The properties boast modern amenities like high-speed wifi, private balconies, and stylish decor that will make you feel right at home. Plus, the convenient location provides easy access to all of the best attractions in Austin. Vivant properties offer an unforgettable experience and a perfect place to stay during your visit!

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Avg. rate $160

Airy 1BR luxe suite close to Downtown w/ fast WiFi

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South Congress – an Instagrammable neighborhood

Image of South Congress Avenue with a beautiful skyline view of Downtown

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South Congress Avenue (SoCo), centrally located in the heart of Austin, is a vibrant and eclectic neighborhood known for its beautiful street art, trendy shops, delicious restaurants, and lively nightlife. With its trendy ambiance, South Congress exudes Instagram-worthy vibes that attract both locals and tourists. The area provides a plethora of opportunities to explore and capture unforgettable moments.

Things to do

  1. Go on a shopping spring through the boutiques and many chic shops
  2. Purchase a pair of boots at Allens Boots
  3. Gab a coffee at Joe’s and take pictures at the “I love you so much” mural

Places to eat and drink

  1. Guero’s Taco Bar:

    Guero’s Taco Bar is a local favorite in South Congress, Austin. An outdoor garden patio makes it the perfect spot to enjoy tacos and margaritas with friends or family. The lively and inviting atmosphere creates a great ambiance for a night out. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite or want to enjoy a full Mexican feast, Guero’s Taco Bar is the place to go.

  2. Aba:

    Aba is a trendy Mediterranean restaurant in South Congress, Austin. This chic eatery offers an exquisite dining experience with its modern decor and delicious cuisine. Aba’s menu features a variety of traditional Mediterranean dishes made with the freshest ingredients, complemented by craft cocktails and an extensive wine list. With its sophisticated atmosphere and high-end food, Aba is the perfect spot for a memorable night out. Make sure to make your reservation well in advance as Aba has an extensive waiting list!

  3. Ego’s:

    Ego’s is a popular South Congress bar offering an energetic atmosphere and live music. Here, you can enjoy craft cocktails, local beers on tap, and delicious pub food. The bartenders are friendly and always ready to give recommendations for the best drinks. Ego’s lively and vibrant ambiance makes it the perfect spot for a night out with friends. Whether you’re looking to dance the night away or relax and chat, Ego’s is the place to be!

  4. Lucky Robot:

    Lucky Robot is a Japanese-inspired restaurant located in South Congress, Austin. Offering an exciting and unique dining experience, Lucky Robot has a wide selection of delicious sushi rolls, hand-crafted cocktails, and sake for those looking to enjoy a night out with friends. The lively and inviting atmosphere creates the perfect ambiance for both date nights and group outings. Lucky Robot offers an unforgettable dining experience with its modern decor and innovative cuisine.

  5. Home Slice Pizza:

    Home Slice Pizza is a beloved South Congress staple serving delicious hand-tossed Neapolitan pies. This popular pizza joint is known for its authentic Italian flavors and friendly staff. With its inviting atmosphere and tasty pizzas, Home Slice Pizza is the perfect spot to grab a quick bite or enjoy an evening with friends.


Where to stay

Located conveniently near South Congress and Downtown Austin, Vivant properties offer a comfortable and luxurious stay in the heart of the city. Vivant’s south apartments provide guests with easy access to all of the popular attractions in Austin. The modern residences are only 10 minutes away from South Congress and 15 minutes from downtown, making it the perfect spot to explore Austin. With its spacious living areas, full kitchens, and stylish decor, Vivant’s south Austin apartments provide the perfect balance of comfort and convenience for your stay in Austin. 

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Avg. rate per night $110

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SoCo 1BR suite w pool, king bed, close to Downtown

Avg. rate per night $120

East Austin – the most trendy neighborhoods

Image of street mural that says "We are East Austin"

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There are just not enough words to describe East Austin. It has some of the most diverse and best Austin neighborhoods. You will find a variety of restaurants, local shops, bars, and entertainment that one visit will not do you justice. There is always something going on in East Austin; the trick is just to know where to look.

For a more extensive check out “East Austin Eats and Drinks: Discover 34 Hidden Gems Near Vivant Properties”

Things to do

  1. Visit the art galleries down East Cesar Chavez
  2. Go to the Mueller’s Farmer Market [available every Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.]
  3. Throw some axes at Urban Axes
  4. Catch an event at Wanderlust
  5. Learn some country moves at The White Horse
  6. Check out the night market or performances at Native Bar & Cafe

Places to eat and drink

  1. Cenote:

    Cenote is a popular coffee shop located in East Austin, offering a unique mix of classic cafe favorites and modern specialty drinks. The atmosphere is cozy and inviting, with plenty of seating options both inside and outside. Not only do they offer delicious coffee, but they also serve a selection of breakfast tacos (and other delicious entrees) to start your day right. Whether you’re in need of a quick caffeine fix or want to spend the morning sipping on lattes, Cenote is the perfect spot.

  2. Central Machine Works:

    Central Machine Works is the perfect spot for a relaxed evening out. Located in East Austin, this bar and restaurant offer a unique atmosphere with its open-air outdoor seating and eclectic decor. With an extensive beer selection, craft cocktails, and a delicious food menu featuring wood-fired pizzas, sandwiches, tacos, salads, and more – Central Machine Works is the perfect spot for a casual and fun night out. Additionally, the bar often hosts live music events and movie screenings, making it a great place to kick back with friends and enjoy an exciting evening.

  3. De Nada Cantina:

    De Nada Cantina is a vibrant Mexican-inspired restaurant located in East Austin. Offering an extensive selection of cocktails and delicious street-style tacos. The bustling atmosphere is perfect for groups, with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating options.

  4. Kemuri Tatsu-Ya:

    Kemuri Tatsu-Ya is a popular Texas-style Japanese izakaya restaurant located in East Austin. Offering an extensive list of craft beers, sake and whiskeys, delicious dishes like Beef in the Heart of Texas, and more – it’s the perfect spot to gather with friends for a cozy evening out.

  5. Gyu-Kaku:

    Gyu-Kaku is a Japanese BBQ restaurant located in East Austin, offering a unique and fun dining experience. With its lively atmosphere and an extensive menu of delicious meats, seafood, vegetables, and more, Gyu-Kaku is the perfect spot to gather with friends and family for an unforgettable night out. Enjoy grilling your own food, savoring the flavors of traditional Japanese cuisine, and sipping on craft cocktails in this lively restaurant. Gyu-Kaku also offers a private room for special occasions and events. A great spot to enjoy an evening out!

  6. Kitty Cohen’s:

    Kitty Cohen’s is a lively and whimsical bar located in East Austin. This retro-inspired spot offers a unique atmosphere with its bright colors, vintage decor, and uplifting music. With an extensive selection of signature cocktails, beer, wine, craft drinks, and delicious snacks, Kitty Cohen’s is the perfect spot to unwind with friends after a long day. Enjoy the outdoor patio, live music events, and culinary pop-ups at this popular watering hole! The bartenders are friendly and knowledgeable about their craft – making it an ideal spot for a fun evening out with friends.

  7. Vixen’s Wedding:

    Vixen’s Wedding is a vibrant and eclectic restaurant that offers a unique blend of Portuguese, Goan, and Indian cuisine. The restaurant’s decor is equally eclectic, with colorful murals, tiled floors, and accents. The atmosphere at Vixen’s Wedding is lively and energetic, with a great vibe that perfectly complements the colorful and vibrant decor. Their drink menu features a range of creative cocktails that incorporate unique ingredients and flavors. They also offer an extensive wine and beer list that perfectly complements their flavorful dishes. The staff is friendly and attentive, and the restaurant’s unique blend of flavors and dishes make it a great spot for a memorable dining experience with friends or loved ones.

  8. Whisler’s:

    The atmosphere at Whistler’s is laid-back and eclectic, with an industrial-chic vibe and a mix of indoor and outdoor seating options. Whistler’s menu features creative and inventive cocktails with high-quality spirits, fresh ingredients, and unique flavor combinations. The bartenders at Whistler’s are known for their expertise and creativity, and they’re always happy to make recommendations or craft a custom cocktail to suit your tastes. The spacious patio is surrounded by lush greenery and string lights, creating a cozy and intimate ambiance. Overall, the atmosphere at Whistler’s is relaxed and unpretentious, making it a popular spot for locals. The expertly crafted cocktails, laid-back atmosphere, and spacious patio make it a great place to unwind and enjoy a night in Austin.

  9. Oye Taquito:

    Oye Taquito is a beloved taqueria located in East Austin, serving up some of the best cheese tacos in the city. Offering a variety of Mexican street tacos, all made with fresh ingredients and traditional recipes, Oye Taquito is the perfect spot for both locals and visitors to enjoy delicious, authentic food. The tacos are made to order and served in a casual, relaxed setting.

Where to stay

Vivant properties are conveniently located in the heart of one of East Austin’s most vibrant neighborhoods, offering easy access to the city’s best restaurants, bars, and attractions. Vivant’s snug yet contemporary apartments offer a homely ambiance with their fully-equipped kitchens and comfortable living areas, just a 10-minute drive from the local hotspots. With Vivant, you can conveniently discover Austin’s vibrant and distinctive culture. 

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Austin is a vibrant city full of interesting places to eat, drink, and explore. Austin caters to all preferences, with its diverse range of establishments. With great restaurants all around the city, there are plenty of great places to spend your evening out. Plus, with many Vivant properties around the city, you will be sure to find the best places to stay in Austin that fit your budget and style. Austin truly is the perfect destination for an unforgettable day or night out.

Embark on a journey to explore the city and discover the perfect place that caters to your requirements and way of life. And, while you’re at it, remember to reserve one of Vivant’s budget-friendly, fashionable properties. We hope you relish your stay!!